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PRACTISING PLANT PATHOLOGY IN CHANGING AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS


LOUISE FRESCO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Via delle Terme di Caracalia, 00100 Rome, Italy

Society, consumers and growers will only be able to continue to benefit from plant pathology if the discipline can evolve appropriate disease management schemes that can respond to the significant changes in agricultural practices in both industrial and developing countries; the ultimate goal is to produce more and safer food in sustainable agricultural systems that conserve natural resources and the environment. Information technology, communication and the integration of conventional and new technologies are all essential elements that must be integrated by the modern practitioners of plant pathology into effective disease management schemes that can be implemented at the farm level. Developing appropriate schemes for large farmers in the industrial countries and for subsistence farmers in the developing countries presents different challenges, but joint action in their development can be of mutual benefit to all parties.